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bit belatedly. the perception in the white house, we got dragged into libya in an operation that we were not that enthusiastic about. when you're keeping as far away as possible -- we are keeping as far away as possible from what is going on in syria despite the fact that 20,000 people have died. pivot from the middle east to asia has been a question of turning our back on these countries and running on autopilot. you are right, of course, that our ambassador in libya was an extraordinary man. i would say a very unusual one. that does not mitigate the need for leadership in washington. how do you see this? >> let me say one thing. this is a volatile issue. the first image of any leader when there are of laws broken and people are murdered is to focus on order and law and order. it is astounding to me. i agree with you about the statement. that is job number one. if you cannot perform that job, you're going to lack legitimacy. in the long run. the debate about religion and sensitivity and things like this, the extremists in the region have a symbiotic relationship with the radicals i
and libya in the last few days and before that talking about the chicago school strike and trying to pin that on obama suggests that romney has given up on may be making this about job creation or the economy as they have said all year. it does not seem to sustain the ryan debate over the question of the size of government. i think we thought it was supposed to be a sort of aesthetic distinction between the parties. it does not seem like it was part of a broader argument that, either over the course of that week in tampa or since then, that the obama campaign -- >> do think they took it as the reason to have a broader argument on their own? >> i think they did. they have been getting ready to run against the ryan plan before we had any idea that he was near romney's short list. as charles was saying, the number of money spent trying to define romney was this very well planned, a deliberate effort during the summer to attack ronny's role at bain capital, his job creation record as governor of massachusetts and his personal finances and investments overseas. there's a gradual effort that h
a statement against iran. iran is not any rush. the nuclear program cannot compare to libya's nuclear program in the past. iran is there for 2500 years are more and will be there for 2500 or more. so they just take their time. they are not any rush. iran is already being treated as if they have been clear weapons by superpowers. would there be any reason for them to get together? iran is already entertaining the prestige of having the capability. what would they do something that would affect the reaction of the world population? therefore, iran has time. and, we should not forget, has the nuclear capability. negotiations must continue. if there are any questions, i will be ready to answer. thank you. >> thank you. [applause] thank you very much. presentation. we will be on time after her presentation has concluded. we will watch monica herz. >> but like to start by thanking the wilson center for this invitation to take part in this debate. unfortunately, i am not able to be in washington. i would like to start by reminding you we had this conversation at the wilson center after turkey and ir
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